Working with good people doing good things
We love to gather meaningful insights, discover and reveal new opportunities, remove challenges and barriers, and provide solutions that achieve positive impact for our communities.
Our solutions come with knowledge and wisdom accumulated through our time in both commercial and community sectors, and through the sharing of expertise from our incredible network of collaborators.
Our objective is to facilitate the creation of an economy of meaning that supports our shared origins and future. Our mission is to help our people re-imagine, create and realise a future that has previously been aspirational.
Connectivity and collective wellbeing is key for our communities. We know that meaning comes from enhancing ways of being that reflect the interconnectedness of things. Our journey is to develop the systems that support and build the economies of human relationships. To nurture and celebrate the positive connections and energies between people and planet that encourage balance and wellbeing.
The right people at the right time. We have a core collective that shares and creates opportunities. Our people are passionate advocates for their families, communities and clients and understand the importance of delivering on their relationships.
We also have access to a broader network of experts, leaders and influencers who support our kaupapa. Our wider expert network extends throughout Aotearoa and beyond and can be called upon for highly specialised support whenever its needed.
Principal & Director
Sarah is our expert generalist with a pragmatic approach grown from over 20 years of commercial expertise. She continues to work in governance, consulting and advisory roles. Sarah focuses time to Pacific communities, the philanthropic sector and supporting the delivery of new business models and systems.
Principal & Director
Kim's commercial expertise and business acumen combined with her legal background has led to her reputation for delivering results. She is a strong supporter of start-ups, harnessing diversity and developing innovative business models. Kim has expertise in international investment, negotiation and advocacy across a range of sectors.
Tui Te Hau
Head of Innovation and Education
Tui works at the nexus of innovation, culture and governance. Her background spans international trade, regional economic development, start-ups and the culture and heritage sector. She is passionate about nurturing the creative and entrepreneurial talent of women, Māori and Pasifika founded entities to grow prosperity from cultural opportunity, and those who extend cultural empathy, seek to do good in the world. Tui's work in the start-up / innovation space has attracted international interest and seen her share insights with museums, investors, and the start-up sector globally. Her core aspiration is to support great storytelling that helps change hearts and minds.
Hailing from the villages of Tuana'i, and Falease'elā, Tesa is lawyer by profession, having recently left full-time private practice to utilise and develop her skills in the Pacific economic policy space. Tesa is now expanding her knowledge and experience within Oyster Workshop particularly in the business and creative sector. Being people focused and driven, Tesa's strengths lie in building lasting relationships, strategy, and problem solving.
Hannah is an Indo-Cook Island artist and content agency director based in Auckland. A Bachelor of Musical Arts graduate, Hannah brings a wealth of experience in project management, start up business and events to the Oyster team.
Jazmin is a graduate from M.I.T. with a Dip. in NZ Business and Management and a Bachelors in Applied Social Work (Te Torino). She brings a wealth of experience in relationship building, sales, marketing, web design and development and has a passion for supporting the advancement of Pasifika and Māori communities.
Hope is a free-lance designer and entrepreneur based in Tamaki Makaurau. With over fifteen years' experience building a career in hospitality and event management, she is passionate about bringing people together - through her love of music, fashion, art, and food. Of Māori (NgāPuhi) Samoan and Indian descent she loves the spirit and history our Pasifika stories bring.
Ana is a graduate of the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce in Film, Television and Media Studies, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. She is also a passionate entrepreneur and an award winning innovator and recently founded her second start-up.
Dr Sandy Harman
Of Fijian, Tongan, Chinese and English descent. Sandy specialises in providing intercultural advice/support and navigating complex community contexts. She has worked closely with a range of organisations in Tāmaki Makaurau, while also influencing learning and development, cultural strategy implementation, and systems change - with a focus on Pasifika communities and allyship to tangata whenua. Sandy is committed to deepening opportunities for cultural exchange and working towards a more equitable Aotearoa.
Angel is an undergraduate of Arts and Commerce, majoring in Chinese and International Business at the Auckland University of Technology. She has experience in arts and cultural development through fashion, dance and start-up businesses. Of Samoan descent, she has key interests in indigenous studies, entrepreneurship and building connections with our younger Pasifika communities.
Ben is a tech professional specialising in product and project management, business analysis and quality assurance. He loves the journey of discovery, design and innovation while navigating and transforming complexity into simple, valuable solutions. He’s experienced in tech and business delivery using lean and agile methodologies.
We are part of a movement to reframe the story of Aotearoa to reveal the interconnectivity of our environment, mana whenua, creative identity and activity and highlight the unique offering our creative sector has locally and globally. Oyster Workshop possesses a significant body of work in commercial capability building, programme design, development and delivery specialising in commercial essentials and internationalisation for Polynesian creatives which includes cultural sector creative offerings.
Our work in the creative sector has been refined over the past 4years and has been tested, scaled and independently evaluated by a Pacific academic team from the University of Auckland. Oyster Workshop's work has also been informed by their considerable research on the creative sector in Aotearoa and internationally.
We have worked with some amazing creative talent, who we continue to champion and support.
The Oyster Foundation is our charitable arm. The purpose of the Oyster Foundation is to undertake activities which support the attainment of equity and economic empowerment for Pacific, Māori women, youth and families in a manner that recognizes and values the interconnection between all living things including the natural environment.
Sarah: +64 21 855 270
Kim: +64 21 706 224